the Dr Frankenstein of collaborative software
August 27, 2008 5:18 AM Subscribe
Easiest, most effective way to stand up a collaborative portal?
posted by brandnew to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in standing up a collaborative portal for a new digital community. I want to take advantage of new advances in web software over the last 3-4 years.
I want to include as many of the following "features" as possible (in order of preference): membership profiles, social relationships, social bookmarking, search, content management, file storage and sharing, wiki, messaging, discussion boards, ratings & rankings, chat, sub-group creation, whiteboards, project management, time management, web-casts, surveys, polls, blogging, collaborative filtering, and Q&A.
Sure, I can implement these features from the bottom up myself - it would take awhile and be quite expensive. However, I really don't want to re-invent the wheel. I know most, if not all, of these features already exist in some form or another, either as either hosted services or separate web products.
So, a few questions:
1. First, is it even possible to mash up all of these various hosted services into something that looks like one cohesive site?
2. If yes to 1, are there patterns, best practices, examples, or support groups to help execute such a thing?
3. Otherwise, if I host it myself (to protect sensitive data), would it be easier to build it from scratch (assuming I'm an expert developer)? Or hack together a bunch of separate products?